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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - For the past two weeks, we've been telling you about the busloads of illegal immigrants being brought to the valley.

All because the Department of Homeland Security is overwhelmed in Texas. Most of these people are from Central American countries.

Now we've learned there is no end date for the buses and the program.

ICE and DHS according to the Governor's office plan to go "full steam ahead" with this program.

In fact, he says more immigrants are coming to Arizona Friday and over the weekend. Almost 432 unaccompanied minors are expected to come to Arizona Friday evening.

"What we do know is this is a crisis created by the federal government. The Obama administration has made it clear that it will not secure our border and that the message has gone out, if you can get to America's border, you will be welcomed in," said Gov. Brewer's spokesperson Andrew Wilder.

And 367 minors are expected Saturday and Sunday. FEMA has setup a detention center in Nogales, Arizona to take them in and process them.

We also learned Friday what happened to immigrants dropped off earlier this month.

Volunteers at the Phoenix Painter's Union packed up food, clothes, and toiletries. Items that were donated to the immigrants stranded in Phoenix, most have left the area, except one family.

"There's no words to explain what she's feeling to her it's inexplicable and unforgettable," said Maria Pineda.

Maria Pineda didn't want to show her face, she spoke via a translator, but she said she was full of fear when she was dropped off with her 4 and 10 year-old boys in Phoenix. She came to America with high hopes.

"A better future for her children, getting away from the gangs," she said.

Pineda said the gangs in Honduras tried to take her 10 year-old son Julia Cesar. Through a translator, he told us he feels secure now.

"He is here to make his mom's dream a reality," said Julia Cesar Pineda.

Many immigrant families said they weren't treated like humans until they met the volunteers in Phoenix, like Esperanza Favela.

"And if it wasn't for us, who knows where they would be, because the first days they didn't know where to go until a group of people would get that information from there we created a volunteer task team and helped them out," said Esperanza Favela.

Most of the immigrants are with family across the country. Some have even returned to Texas where they were allegedly caught.


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